Calgary Flames 1 - Montreal Canadiens 2
Well, the Flames playoff hopes took a hit tonight as they fell to the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 at the Saddledome. A win could have put the Flames within two points of the fourth place Canadiens, but instead they find themselves six points back with time beginning to run out.
The Flames did themselves no favours with their lack of offence tonight. Calgary could only muster one goal and you could be ok with that if Jake Allen was playing out of his mind, but the Flames only fired 22 shots on goal and never had more that eight shots in any period. If you’re fighting for your playoff lives you need a little more than that kind of effort, especially when you’re playing the team you are chasing.
But this wasn’t all bad for Calgary despite the loss. Elias Lindholm continued his hot streak as he scored a PPG giving him a team leading 41 points and a goal in four of his last five games. Johnny Gaudreau got the helper on Lindholm’s marker, giving him him a point in six of his last seven games. And, while not seeing a ton of shot volume, a heavily relied upon Jacob Markstrom turned away 22 of Montreal’s 24 shots. The next few days off will be a welcome sight for the Flames keeper as he’s started the last eight games the Flames have played since trading their backup keeper David Rittich.
This loss is a major setback as the Flames only have eight games left and the Canadiens have nine. The Flames will somehow need to makeup a six point deficit to have a chance at getting into the post season.
1st Period: MTL- 9:59- PPG Weber (Tartar/Petry), CGY- PPG Lindholm (Mangiapane/Gaudreau)
2nd Period: MTL- 18:05- Toffoli (Armia/Suzuki)
3rd Period: None
Shots On Goal
Calgary: 22 (6-8-8)
Montreal: 24 (5-8-11)
Calgary: Markstrom- 24 SA - 2 GA - 22 SV
Montreal: Allen- 22 SA - 1 GA - 21 SV
Calgary: PP: 1-3, PK: 2-3
Montreal: PP: 1-3, PK: 2-3
Flame Of The Game
Mark Giordano (D): 5 shots, 3 blocked shots, 24:34 TOI
4/29: Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers, 7 PM MT